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House of Telcontar

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The House of Telcontar was the Royal House of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor in the Fourth Age. The House was founded by Aragorn II after the War of the Ring, who was the Heir of Elendil, and took the throne under the name Elessar.

The name Telcontar (Q, pron. [telˈkontar]) was a translation into Quenya of Aragorn's common nickname in the north, "Strider".[1]


During the War of the Ring, Peregrin Took, a companion of Aragorn's in the Fellowship of the Ring, became a member of the elite Citadel Guard at Minas Tirith, capital of Gondor. When Aragorn entered the city, Peregrin persisted in crudely referring to Aragorn by the nickname he had garnered as a Ranger of the North: "Strider", even in front of foreign dignitaries such as King Éomer of Rohan. Aragorn was amused and decided that the name of the lineage he founded would be "Telcontar", which means "Strider" in Quenya. Aragorn then took the royal name "Elessar".

With Queen Arwen, King Elessar reigned for 120 years, before finally surrendering his life. This long reign is attributed to Elessar's descent from the Men of Númenor, who are blessed with long life (he was 87 when he took the throne). He rebuilt the old capital Annúminas in Arnor and later ruled from this northern capital, although the old capital Minas Tirith was still of great political importance. Elessar had one known son, Eldarion, and an unspecified number of daughters.

King Elessar was buried with higher honour in Minas Tirith. King Eldarion (his name meaning "From the Elves" in reference to his mother Arwen) was "full ripe for kingship" at the time, and ruled for 100 years after Aragorn's death. Little is known of Eldarion, save that he encountered a renewal of Morgoth-worship known as the "Dark Tree".


The House of Telcontar:[2][3]

T.A. 2931 - Fo.A. 120
T.A. 241 - Fo.A. 121
b. early Fo.A.
several daughters


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B